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Film Screening on Hezbollah

Posted by MP / March 24, 2007

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Over 100 people gathered at the Mile End Cultural Center on Tuesday, March 20th for a film-screening and public discussion entitled “Lebanon: Resistance & Hezbollah” organized by Tadamon! Montreal. In the shadow of the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, widely opposed in Quebec and internationally, public discussion and debate on the Lebanese military party Hezbollah has grown.

This event featured a documentary film produced by Swiss Television, which focused on former Lebanese political prisoner Soha Béchara’s return to Lebanon after the 2006 war. Béchara herself is a symbol of the national resistance movement against Israel’s previous occupation of south Lebanon until 2000. Hassan el-Hadi, a widely talented Moroccan Oud player, also performed at the event.

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A former Lebanese political prisoner, Béchara spent 10 years in the notorious Khiam detention camp in south Lebanon. In 1998 Béchara was released and now lives in Geneva. The film documents Béchara’s interactions and discussion in Lebanon in the wake of the summer war, providing insights into Hezbollah’s role in Lebanon and national politics, while examining the overall political complexities of the country.

After the screening, Tadamon! hosted the first openly announced public discussion on Hezbollah in Montreal in recent years. The lively discussion, which included many members of the Lebanese Diaspora, highlighted the importance of breaking the silence on Hezbollah.

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